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KRA in out of court settlement for KES 2.2 billion tax dispute with business woman Mary Wambui

KRA and Business woman Mary Wambui are in discussion in order to reach an out-of-court settlement in KES 2.2billion tax case.

Milimani Anti-Corruption magistrate Felix Kombo allowed the Director of Public Prosecution’s request to be given more time to review the charges in relation to evading taxes before giving his directions on whether he will drop the same or not.

The DPP informed the court he is yet to finalise his decision in the case against Wambui and her daughter Purity Njoki. Consequently, the magistrate granted the DPP until December 5 to give his final decision on the matter.

The court heard that the review of the charges against Wambui and her daughter is based on a request by the accused persons through a letter dated September 14 to his office.

“Based on the request by the accused our office did write to Kenya Revenue Authority(KRA) on September 29 seeking their views regards to the matter. On October 6 we received a response from KRA where they did indicate they were within engagements with the accused person who were taxpayers in regards to review of the tax payable after the accused raised objection to the amount due.”

However, Wambui and her daughter through lawyers Nelson Havi and Adrian Kamotho did not oppose the request by the DPP to be accorded more time until December 5.

In the case, Wambui and her daughter are charged alongside Purma Holdings with eight counts of knowingly and unlawfully omitting taxes due in the income tax returns submitted to the Commissioner for Domestic Taxes for the period between 2014 to 2016.

Mary Wambui a close ally of President Ruto, was in January this year charged with possessing a pistol without a valid permit. She was arraigned at the Milimani Law Courts where she denied the charge.

She was freed on Sh50,000 or a bond of Sh100,000. The prosecution said the offense was committed between April 2020 and December 2021.

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